While combing through my timeline (as ususal), I stumbled across a trailer for an upcoming dance-based film, Against Shadows. What immediately caught my eye was the backdrop for the thumbnail : the soon to be relocated Hope Outdoor Gallery in Austin. Upon further research, I discovered that Stephanie Patrick and team’s vision was to do 5 scenes involving 10 dancers that takes place in both Austin and San Francisco. A second video provided a bit more insight into the project…
I will definitely be on the lookout for this one.
If Kydd Jones doesn’t blow in 2018, I will be extremely surprised. Over the past couple of years, he has honed in on a sound that is definitely working for him. He is able to make music that fits in with the mainstream artist output while being able to remain true to himself and his artistic drive. Brand New finds Kydd spitting bars about making moves and rising to the top even when those around you seem to change with a revolving-door level of frequency. With a co-sign from Kitsuné Hot Stream, this one should definitely see some traction. Don’t forget, however, to give it a like, a share and a comment, for the sake of Austin hip-hop.
After a successful video release last year for 2 Can Play That Game, Austin-based emcee Cha’Keeta B steps into the release realm with a new EP, 2Incomparable. Cha’Keeta B does a wonderful job of laying down empowering thoughts and observations with supreme confidence and delivery. The production is on-point throughout the project, and guest appearances from Cat Carter, Lakrea, Nubia Emmon and Alesia Lani help round out the empowerment stance found on the album. Cha’keeta B reminds me of newer female emcees such as Rhapsody, no doubt, but her voice is also reminiscent of Neb Luv from The 5 Footaz, both in her rhyme schemes and timbre. This is definitely a strong way to start 2018… be sure to listen, share and support Cha’Keeta B in this venture, and always give props to your local artists.
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Austin-based experimental folk artist More Eaze seemed to spend much of last year making efforts to branch out and explore new ideas, new roles and new connections. After a handful of releases to round out 2017, More Eaze has opened 2018 with the creation of a new record label, Hard Fun. Strictly digital (for the moment), the label’s initial group of releases shows a solid diversity right out of the gate. Dane Rousay‘s of SIRI is a free-jazz experimental monster… Bear Club‘s Waking Up The Light covers the pop and indie rock spectrum… and two collaborative efforts from More Eaze (a split with real life rock and roll band and a pairing with Derek Rogers) round out the inauguration day catalog. Knowing the love for music that More Eaze has, I am excited to see what comes of this label.
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Tagged austin, bear club, chief, dane rousay, derek rogers, hard fun, more eaze, of siri, real life rock and roll band, the doomsday device, waking up the light
As 2017 came to a close, Austin-based MC Bern Ichus (one half of Homeroom) made it clear that he was a man obsessed, and had plans for expanding his repertoire. Already forever hungry for beats to feed his rhyme-writing output, Bern invested in an MPC and immediately went to work. In a relatively short time, he seems to be getting comfortable with his tools, and after roughly a month he is going public with beats. The first, Yasuaki, is incredibly textured and mood driven for an early composition, as if it did not need lyrics to exist and would be fine as an instrumental piece. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for Bern Ichus as he becomes a more confident and skilled producer, because I know for certain that his love for hip-hop will shine through, regardless of what he does.
Those in tune to the Austin hip-hop scene are well aware of MDK (Mindz of a Different Kind) and all the moves they’ve been making over the years. Blackchyl and Chiclopz have teamed up with Fum Fum KO productions in an effort to express the essence of what they’ve been doing in the form of a short film. No Sleep No Breaks, from the looks of it, may serve to be an honest look at what it’s like to devote your heart and soul to the culture while still struggling to maintain from day to day throughout the worldy madness and obstacles. This is one that I am very much excited about, and hopeful that it gets the attention it seems to deserve upon release.
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Anyone unfamiliar with the legend of Tim Kerr (especially anyone native to Austin) has some homework to do. From Big Boys to Lord High Fixers to Total Sound Group Direct Action Committee and more, Kerr has left an indelible mark on his city, punk/rock music, and art as a whole. Recently, Butcher Bear uncovered some footage of a Trophy’s on South Congress show, and decided to upload it to (in)Sect Record‘s YouTube channel. As a result, all of us have been blessed with the raw power than was Tim Kerr and his bandmates, and their extremely passionate sound. Enjoy, share, and let the nostalgia of a simpler and better time take you over.
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